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Stopping BP's toxic dumping scheme.

In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we helped gather 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down. Environment Michigan has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.

News Release | Environment Michigan

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. A record 907,000 Americans submitted comments on the standard, which is expected to cut toxic mercury pollution from power plants by 90 percent.

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News Release | Environment America

Nuclear Power Regulators Find Faults in U.S. Nuclear Emergency Preparedness

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public meeting today to release the 60-day findings of the NRC task force reviewing NRC processes and regulations in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.  The review found faults in plant preparedness systems and the regulations that prescribe the extent of those systems.  For example, the review highlighted the fact that ‘Severe Accident Management Systems’ are inconsistently implemented across the country.  The NRC has continued its licensing and re-licensing of nuclear reactors without any new protections against disasters.

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News Release | Environment Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Under Threat from Underfunding

A new report, The Best of America Under Threat from Underfunding, released today by Environment Michigan showed that visitorship to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is on the rise. But even as Sleeping Bear Dunes draws more and more visitors, it could face budget cuts in the coming year- leaving it with fewer resources for maintenance, upkeep and stewardship. 

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News Release | Environment Michigan

Budget Threatens Michigan’s Public Health & Environment

A budget bill being pushed in Congress this week includes a number of measures that would threaten Michigan’s public health and environment, according to Environment Michigan. Under the bill, the Environmental Protection Agency would be barred from taking any action to clean up carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants from coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other industrial pollution sources; and the EPA would be barred from restoring Clean Water Act protections for many of the nation’s most vulnerable waterways. 

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News Release | Environment Michigan

New Report: Businesses Can Innovate to Reduce Toxic Chemical Use

Environment Michigan released Safer By Design: Businesses Can Replace Toxic Ingredients through Green Chemistry, a new report that highlights 14 businesses across the country that are innovating to cut toxic chemicals from their products, while creating green jobs and boosting the economy.

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